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Whether you come to class at UL Lafayette every day or return for a long overdue visit to your alma mater, there are landmarks you can’t miss: the newly renovated Student Union, the Quad, and the Louisiana Welcome Wall.

But there are some other secret and not-so-secret campus gems that you may not see on your typical trek through campus. We’ve put together a map for a one-mile walking tour so you can see them all: the hidden goodies along with the new campus additions and renovations.

You can also view the walking tour directly on Google Maps.

1. Sprawling oak tree by the Louisiana Welcome Wall

After you’ve admired the new Louisiana Welcome Wall and taken the obligatory picture, rest under the shade of a 100-year-old oak tree. Directly to the right of the wall is a conveniently located and comfortable bench. If you’d like to learn more about the different trees on campus, download the app Arborgraphia, created by students in the College of Education.

As you're leaving this spot, take the brick-paved Walk of Honor past Martin Hall, and you'll walk directly through the redesigned Quad.

2. Edith Garland Dupré Library’s echo circle

This campus gem is hidden in plain sight. Stand in the middle of these four curved benches and speak, and you’ll hear your voice echo! The sound bounces off the benches and unique entryway to the library to create the unexpected reverberation.

3. Gaines Center's stained glass

On the otherwise stark third floor of the Edith Garland Dupré Library, you’ll find the Ernest J. Gaines Center’s stained glass and stone entryway. Artist Karen Bourque created the mosaic, which depicts Louisiana’s natural landscapes.

While you're here, stop in to hear some of the archived recordings in the Cajun and Creole Music Collection, and talk to the Gaines Center staff about the writer and his legacy.

4. The enormous philodendron in Billeaud Hall

When we say enormous, we're not exaggerating. The 35-year-old snaking philodendron is growing inside the Billeaud Hall entryway, surrounded by a tropical garden. Just a few years ago, a freshman class helped build the garden, and biology professors now maintain the garden and philodendron.

5. Our Lady of Wisdom garden

In the middle of the campus hustle and bustle, you’ll be immediately calmed as you walk into the enclosed garden space beside Our Lady of Wisdom Catholic Church. With lush plants and a flowing fountain, you can take a moment to relax in this serene setting.

6. The Roman crane

The Roman crane, built by UL Lafayette civil engineering students, was installed near Fletcher Hall in 2013. They built the crane for the Discovery Channel’s “Engineering the Impossible” series in 2010.

While you're here, check out the newly renovated Fletcher Hall, which houses two art galleries.

7. Alumni Center gardens

Enter through the Alumni Center’s iron gates and make your way to the gardens, which boast a pond, fountains, fragrant flowers, and lots of shade from enormous oak trees.

8. Sept. 11 memorial

Near the Alumni Center, a memorial for the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks serves as a sobering reminder of what happened 14 years ago. The shard of limestone, salvaged from wreckage at the Pentagon, helps us pay tribute to those who lost their lives in the attacks.

9. Hilliard Art Museum Café and Museum Store

Feeling thirsty or under-caffeinated? Sip and shop in the airy Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, which boasts its own café, a renovated museum store, and free wi-fi!

Photos by:
Amy Windsor, Social Media Strategist

Robert Tarleton, Graduate Assistant
 

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